Yuliya Zabyelina

Yuliya Zabyelina

Yuliya Zabyelina
Assistant Professor
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PhD University of Trento (Italy)
Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)


Yuliya Zabyelina is Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of Trento (Transcrime) in Italy, where she studied the role of state failure in furthering opportunities for transnational organized crime. Before moving to the United States, she held a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and lectured at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. At John Jay College, Dr. Zabyelina primarily teaches in the BA and MA programs in International Criminal Justice. She has been recognized with several professional awards, including the Newton International Fellowship (2013), SAGE Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2015), Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2015), Donald EJ MacNamara Junior Faculty Award (2016), and Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award (2018). She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

Yuliya Zabyelina is an executive member of the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC).

Courses taught

  • ICJ 101 Introduction to International Crime and Justice
  • ICJ 401 Capstone Seminar in International Crime and Justice
  • POL 260 International Relations
  • POL 325  The Politics of Transnational Crime (face-to-face and fully online)
  • POL 385 Supervised Research Experience in Political Science
  • POL 387 Faculty Mentored Research
  • ICJ 380 Selected Topics in International Criminal Justice
  • ICJ/PAD 762 Corruption and Global Economy (face-to-face and fully online)
  • ICJ 706 Transnational Crime  (face-to-face and fully online)
  • Diplomacy Lab projects; Study-Abroad Program to Vienna, Austria (June 9 - June 30, 2018)



Refereed journal articles 


Book chapters    (selected)

  • Zabyelina, Y. (2018). The Industry of Terror in the Caucasian Emirate: Between Zakat and Extortion Racket. In K. Thachuk and R. Lal (eds.), Financing Terrorism through Organized Crime. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Praeger.
  • Zabyelina, Y. 2018. Crime Displacement as a Result of Transnational Organized Crime Control Measures. In P. Reichel and R. Randa (eds.), Transnational Crime and Global Security (Vol. 2). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International. (peer-reviewed)
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Between Exploitation and Expulsion: Labour Migration, Shadow Economy, and Organized Crime. In A-L. Heusala and K. Aitamurto (eds.),  Migrant Workers in Russia: Global Challenges of the Shadow Economy in Societal Transformation. Routledge.  
  • Markovska, A., & Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Enforcing Prohibitions in Weak States: Gambling in Ukraine. In: P. van Duyne, G. Antonopoulos, J. Harvey, A. Maljevic., K. von Lampe (eds.) Organising Fears, Crime and Law Enforcement New Horizons and Trends in Europe and Beyond. Liber Amicorum Petrus van Duyne, Apeldoorn: Maklu. (peer-reviewed)
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Pharmacy and Crime. Wiley Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Political Science and Crime. Wiley Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2014. Pornography, Revenge, in K. Harvey (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, Sage Reference. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp.1001-1003. 

Encyclopaedia entries      (selected)          ** denotes a student co-author

  • Zabyelina, Y. (forthcoming). 5 contributions: “Russian Organized Crime”; “Solntsevskaya Bratva”; “Child Pornography”; “International Police Cooperation”; “Metals and Minerals Smuggling.” In P. Reichel (ed.), Global Crime: An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking, Weapon Sales, and Other Illicit International Activities. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • Zabyelina, Y., & Buzhor**, A. 2018. Krysha (Illicit Protection; Provision of Favors). In A. Ledeneva et al. (eds.), The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume II: Understanding Social and Cultural Complexity, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., & Ivashkiv, R., 2017. Pussy Riot and the Politics of Resistance in Contemporary Russia. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture. London: Oxford University Press. (peer-reviewed)


Non-refereed publications 

  • Zabyelina, Y., 2015. Drug Trafficking Trends in the Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Rim Economies, BRE 5/December. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2015. Mine Control: Conflict and Crime Threaten Ukrainian Coal Mining. Jane’s Intelligence Review, October 2, pp. 44-47.
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2015. Elite consolidation in Ukraine through the lustration law? Aleksanteri Insight, 14 September 2014/Issue 4. 
  • Tupman, B., and Zabyelina, Y., 2015. Organised Crime Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Editorial). Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 18(2), pp. 202-219. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2015. Lying in Wait: Ukraine’s Criminal Gangs Thrive on Separatism. Jane’s Intelligence Review, March 24, pp. 42-45.
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2013. Energy Sapping: Oil Theft in Russia’s North Caucasus. Jane’s Intelligence Review, January 16. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2012. Brides or Victims? Some Contentious Points of the Debate on the Mail-Order Bride Industry. VIDC Newsletter 22, Wiener Institut für Internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2012. Cross Over: The New Mexico-US Border Strategy. Jane’s Intelligence Review, January 5.


Book reviews (selected)

  • Zabyelina, Y., 2015. Greene, S., Moscow in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67(10), pp. 1716-1717. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2014. Popova, M., Politicized Justice in Emerging Democracies: A Study of Courts in Russia and Ukraine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 66 (7), pp. 1207-1209. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2014. Mendras, M., Russian Politics. The Paradox of a Weak State (London: C. Hurst & Co., 2012), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 66 (2), pp. 344-345. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2013. McGlinchey, E., Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 65 (10), pp. 2036-2038. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2013. Daase, C. and Friesendorf, C. (eds.) Rethinking Security Governance: The Problem of Unintended Consequences (London: Routledge, 2010), Political Studies Review, Vol. 11 (2), p. 271. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2013.Aronowitz, A., Human Trafficking, Human Misery: the Global Trade in Human Beings (1st ed., London: Praeger, 2009), Global Crime, Vol. 14 (1), pp. 113-115.
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2013. Cerwyn Moore, Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya (Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press, 2010), Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 65 (4), pp. 784-786. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2013. Gilman, N., Goldhammer, J., & Weber, S., Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (New York: Continuum, 2011), Political Studies Review, Vol. 11 (3), p. 421-422. 

Research interest

  • internaitonal governance and security
  • transnational organized crime
  • international/transnational criminal law
  • failed/weak/conflict states, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction
  • European and post-Soviet politics
  • (anti)-corruption and asset recovery